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Thursday, 14 May 1936


Senator BADMAN - About 89s. 6d. This is a monopoly which the Leader of the Opposition is supporting.


Senator Foll - Only a few months ago the company approached the Arbitration Court with the object of having the wages of its employees reduced.


Senator BADMAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Yes, with its £1 shares at89s. 6d. and a large amount in reserve, it sought to reduce the wages of its workers. If a careful study were made of all the industries protected by high customs duties, it would possibly be found that the Australian Glass Manufacturers Company Limited is in a better financial position than almost any other Australian company. A short time ago when 1,500 men in South Australia were depending upon the export of barley to Belgium for a living, the representatives of this industry pointed a pistol at the head of the Government and said that if it did not ration the importation of Belgian glass it would retrench 250 of its employees. On that occasion the Government fell down on its job and agreed, on the representations made by the company, to ration sheet glass, and rationing is still in force. Are cut glass and glass bottles rationed in the same way as sheet glass?


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - There is no rationing of glass.


Senator BADMAN - I shall support the request moved' by Senator J ohnston.







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